Junior League of Greenwich Presents “Positively Digital!” for 6th and 7th Grade Girls

The Junior League of Greenwich is offering a brand new program called “Positively Digital!”

On Saturday, May 13, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm this inaugural workshop is for 6th & 7th-grade girls and a parent or guardian to learn about healthy online habits and ways to positively interact on social media with their peers.

The workshop will take place at the Junior League of Greenwich House, 231 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich.

This workshop was designed to help middle school-aged girls learn how to effectively communicate with their friends and family using the internet.  There are so many ways that pre-teens can set themselves up for success online, and their parents are great partners in that educational journey. Topics such as Red Flags/Best Practices, Healthy Communication, and Cyberbullying & Mental Health will be discussed, among others.

Speakers include Micaela Birmingham, an Emmy award-winning producer specializing in digital media, and Beth O’Malley, a Psychotherapist and Radio Show Host who has over 30 years of experience in the mental health space.

The JLG has chosen to focus on mental health and adolescent anxiety which has been identified as a concern in our community. There have been many recent studies that show the negative correlation between heavy social media usage and adolescent depression, which was identified in the 2021 Greenwich Youth Survey where 25% of female respondents expressed “a lot of stress around measuring up to others with respect to what you post on social media.”

According to the CDC, in 2021, 16% of high school students were electronically bullied, including through texting, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media and female students were more likely than male students to be electronically bullied.  

“Our committee is so excited to host this program for the girls and guardians/parents within the Greenwich community,” said JLG President Jen Behette. “We are bringing in several exceptional speakers and experts on the topic who are thought leaders on the allure of technology and the impacts of social media on young people.”

To register for this new program or for more information visit www.jlgreenwich.org

The Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) has been bettering the community for over 60 years.  It is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Greenwich welcomes all women who value the Mission. The JLG is committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities. Women interested in joining the Junior League of Greenwich and making a difference in the community can contact the JLG Office at (203) 869-1979 or visit the website at www.jlgreenwich.org.